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Opening Apple Park Visitor Center in Cupertino

Author: Mieke, Posted: November 27th, 2017

1859_FP633948The grand list of Iconic Apple Architecture by Foster and Partners has been added up with 2 new building completions in the last 2 months.

In October Apple Michigan Avenue in Chicago was completed and last week the new Visitor Center along Tantau Avenue, also designed by Foster & Partners, opened to the public, bringing the experience of Apple Park closer than ever. Designed as an exclusive public gateway to Apple Park, it features an expansive roof terrace with stunning views of the main building that offers a unique glimpse into Apple Park.

Read here more about how to visit the Visitor Center >>

1859_FP633969Nestled within a carefully planted olive grove, an exceptionally transparent envelope sits below a floating carbon-fiber roof, which cantileves over outdoor seating areas on either side. lts softly-lit timber soffit gives the interior an inviting warmth, while the full-height glazing dematerializes the building volume.

Visitors are greeted with a large scaled model of Apple Park – seemingly suspended in mid-air-mil led and finished by the same machines that create the signature Apple products. Visitors also have the opportunity to get a closer look at the main building from the roof terrace of the Visitor Center, which offers an unmatched panoramic view of Apple Park. A delicate screen of thin, curved carbon­fiber fins shades the terrace, where people can relax and take photos against the lush backdrop of Apple Park.


Stefan Behling, Head of Studio, Foster + Partners commented, "The idea was to create a delicate pavilion where visitors can enjoy the same material palette and meticulous detailing seen in the Ring Building in a relaxed setting, against the backdrop of Apple Park."

Special Apple merchandise, exclusive to the Visitor Center, is available as souvenirs. At the southern end of the Visitor Center is a café – a place of relaxation and repose, where visitors can enjoy the verdant Californian landscape that surrounds Apple Park.

Several elements from the main building are replicated at the Visitor Center to give people a taste of the precision detailing at Apple Park. For instance, the design of the staircases is inspired by the similar ones in the main building, clad with the same quartz stone, and the countertop at the café is made with the same marble as the main restaurant.

More information about the Apple Visitor Center >>


Winner 2017 RIBA Sterling Prize: Hastings Pier

Author: Mieke, Posted: November 8th, 2017

This week dRMM has won the 2017 RIBA Sterling Prize for their regeneration project of Hastings Pier. The RIBA Sterlin Prize is the annual award that celebrates the UK’s best new building.

In 2010, Hastings Pier was destroyed by a fire. dRMM took this as an opportunity to redefine what a pier could be in the 21st century.

Read more about the project here >>


Off to 10.000 projects

Author: Mieke, Posted: November 19th, 2016

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The Cube in Beijing by Orange Architects

With the latest additions designed by Squire and Partners, Jean Nouvel, UNStudio, Frank Gehry, David Chipperfield Architects, Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter, Orange Architects and destilat, we have crossed the amount of 9.000 projects on MIMOA, all around the globe!

Right now MIMOA covers:

We would like to thank all our contributors for sharing these architectural highlights and hidden gems!

We invite everyone to uploading the buildings and places that you like to visit on your holiday, city trip or in your hometown. And feel free to share your opinion on architecture by leaving a comment and rate a project. Rating and uploading new projects is only available while logged in.
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Off to 10.000!



News update december 2015

Author: Mieke, Posted: December 9th, 2015

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This week we sent out a news update including some inspiring latest additions to MIMOA, such as the INK Hotel in Amsterdam, where stories are yet to be written…. ; the Koyasan Guest House in Japan with its cocoon bedrooms; the sanatorium in Clemont-Ferrand that transformed into a School of Architecture; the largest Mosque in Abu Dhabi, the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
And the most popular project of last month: Gallaratese II Housing in Milan by Aldo Rossi.

Read the full news update here >>

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Lithuanian architecture in the spotlight

Author: Mieke, Posted: February 3rd, 2015

Land of the lush plains, meandering rivers and extensive forests. Therefore it's not surprising that the traditional architecture in Lithuania is wooden. Indeed, Lithuania of today is still rich with wooden architecture. A warm counterpart of the modern concrete, glass and steel structures that characterize contemporary architecture worldwide as also in present-day Lithuania.
To welcome Lithuania to the Eurozone, we hereby present you some great examples of modern architecture in Lithuania. From the brutalist architecture of Palace of Concerts and Sports to the wooden Rupert art center and the glass Baltic Hearts. These inspiring projects proof that Lithuania is not only the geographical centre of Europe *), but definitely one of the architectural hotspots of Europe as well.

design by: Inblum architects
photo by: Darius Petrulaitis

design by: Gintautas Natkevicius
photo by: Gintaras Cesonis
32939_l-Crematorium in Kedainiai

LIJO HOTEL in Gargzdai
design by: DO Architects & aketuri architektai
photo by: Andre Baldi
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View more architecture in Lithuania >>

These projects were included in MIMOA's 52nd newsletter.
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*) In 1989, researchers of the French National Geographical Institute found that Europe's geographical centre was in Lithuania, 26km westwards from capital Vilnius.


Call for projects in Naples!

Author: Mieke, Posted: August 6th, 2013

photo: University of Naples Metro Station by Dirk Verwoerd

A10 and MIMOA invite you to participate in the 5th edition of the MI Tour Guide.
This time, we again turn our attention to the south of Europe to explore the fascinating architecture that can be found in Naples… underground!

Let us know which noteworthy or not-to-be-missed modern buildings can be found in Italy's third-largest municipality by uploading them at MIMOA. Check if your favourite project is already listed, or take initiative and upload it yourself today!
Hurry, the deadline for submissions is 15 August 2013!



Contribute to the MI Tour Guide!

Author: Mieke, Posted: January 9th, 2013

MIMOA and A10 will be working together and invite you to participate in the new MI Tour Guide.

The MI Tour Guides will be published in A10 Magazine – as familiar – as well as be available online on MIMOA. Also new: the communities of A10 and MIMOA can contribute to the Guides! Starting with the next issue of A10 (#50), readers can suggest projects for the ‘MI Tour Guide’, by uploading projects at MIMOA.

What's not to miss in Dublin?
Since Ireland will host the presidency of the Council of the European Union this year, the first MI Tour Guide will feature Dublin. We would like to know: which exemplary or innovative, hidden or spectacular buildings in the Irish capital should be included according to you?.
Upload your own or favorite projects at MMOA. The Irish A10 correspondent, Emmett Scanlon, will make the final selection of all projects published on MIMOA based on your choices.

  Hurry, the deadline for submissions is 23 January 2013!   

More information about the MI Tour Guides will be published here > selected guides.

MIMOA and A10 started a new cooperation on the MI Tour Guide. Read also here on the A10 website. More information about this will follow soon. If you have any questions for now, please contact us.

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Building of the Year award on MIMOA

Author: Naomi, Posted: January 25th, 2011

Each year the Royal Institute of Dutch Architects organises the ‘Building of the Year’ award. The Royal Institute of Dutch Architects, known for short as the BNA, is the professional organization of architects in The Netherlands.

The award aims to strengthen the cultural and social status of architects and architecture in The Netherlands. The award provides potential customers media and public a broad overview of the quality of Dutch architecture. All architects can participate, provided they are BNA members. This gives them the chance to show what they have achieved the previous year. These projects will compete for regional titles and a national prize. On January 10, 2011 the sixth edition of the prize was launched. Until February 7 2011, BNA members have the opportunity to enter their completed projects of the last year.

After a pre selection in each of the five regions of the BNA, all regional nominations will compete for the national prize, which will be presented this year on April 28.

This year, the BNA asked MIMOA to give an overview of all ‘Building of the Year’ past nominees and winners. We’ve collected all of those projects that are already published on MIMOA, and have put them in 5 consecutive Mi guides. You can view and download the guides here: 

Building of the Year 2010
Building of the Year 2009
Building of the Year 2008
Building of the Year 2007
Building of the Year 2006

The MIMOA publications of Building of the Year 2010 are shown on the BNA-website through a widget.
Furthermore, to recognize the projects on MIMOA , each publication is enriched with a BNA Building of the Year ‘sticker’, like the one below. See this project for an example: Anansi Playground Building, a kindergarten pavilion build in Utrecht, NL.


photo by Rene de Wit, with courtesy of the BNA
project: Groot Klimmendaal, centre for rehabilitation care, winner of the 2010 Building of the Year award
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Only this summer: Bouroullec at the Cité Radieuse, Marseille

Author: Naomi, Posted: July 11th, 2010

The designing brothers Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec have remodelled the Apartment 50, inside Le Corbusier’s Marseille-based Radiant City – just for the time of the summer season. If you’re in the area, go see this and send us a photo.

One of the apartments in the housing block unit of the Marseille-based Radiant City, apartment number 50, is a lived-in space that is now filled with furniture and objects from the Bouroullec collection of designs. And one month this summer, the apartment is open for the public. As an echo to Charlotte Perriand and Jean Prouvé’s original furniture of the space, the redecoration seems very natural. Additionally, while remembering that Le Corbusier had a special interest in tapestries, Bouroullec has installed a group of Clouds on the wall.

The open doors of the Apartment 50 featuring the exhibition will be held from July 15 to August 15.
So, if you’re heading out to the south of France this summer, go see this special apartment inside the Radiant City, and send us a photo of the interior.
We’ll publish it in the August newsletter.

From July 15 to August 15, 2010
Tuesday to Saturday from 2PM to 6PM
See more images here.

Cité Radieuse
Unité d’habitation Le Corbusier
Appartement 50, 5ème rue
280 boulevard Michelet
13008 Marseille
+33 6 86 23 73 78

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3.000 projects live!

Author: Mieke, Posted: January 8th, 2010

Today we’ve reached another mighty milestone: 3.000 projects live on MIMOA! And the honour of achieving this amazing number of 3.000 is due to: Andrea Tognon Architecture with their publication of House O in Teolo, Italy.

Three days ago we announced getting close to this big moment and called up our community to start a competition: who would upload the 3.000st project? It apparently motivated a lot of you to share your work and favorite architecture, but only one could be the winner and that is: House O by Andrea Tognon Architecture.
But ofcourse this is just one of the many beautiful architecture projects featured on MIMOA. We’d like to thank all of our contributors, who have helped MIMOA to become the valuable worldwide architecture guide that it is right now. It can only improve and grow even more. We’re looking forward to all the projects we will receive and publish in the future.

As we’re a great fan of statistics, here are some facts & figures:

An Overview
3.000 projects: designed by 1928 architects; in cooperation with 1274 project teams; uploaded by 584 contributors and recorded by 1306 photographers.

By Project Type
Architecture (2746)
Infrastructure (104)
Interior (318)
Landscape (90)
Public space (247)
Urbanism (84)

By Completion date
Before 1950 (134)
1950-1970 (142)
1970-1980 (57)
1980-1990 (84)
1990-2000 (414)
2000-2003 (389)
Later than 2003 (1777)

By Location
All projects are situated in 72 different countries. But where is most architecture to be found on MIMOA?
This is the top 10:
1- Netherlands (581)
2- Spain (352)
3- Germany (273)
4- United States (233
5- United Kingdom (202)
6- Italy (190)
7- Switzerland (145)
8- France (141)
9- Portugal (136)
10- Denmark (73)
High time to beat the Dutch I would say….

By Designer
Which architect has most projects online on MIMOA? Either uploaded by themselves or published by fans.
This is the top 10 and also all architects with more than 20 projects:
1- Foster & Partners (37)
2- Herzog and De Meuron (32)
3- Alvaro Siza Vieira (29)
4- Gehry Partners (27)
5- Santiago Calatrava (25)
6- MVRDV (24)
7- AH Asociados (22)
8- Jean Nouvel (22)
9- RAU (21)
10- Renzo Piano (21)
Also: over 40 architects are represented with over 10 publications of their work.

By popularity
We invite everyone to share your opinion on architecture. You can do that by leaving a comment and rate a project.
Ratings are counted, averaged per project and listed here. For a very long time Therme Vals, by all-time favourite Peter Zumthor was steady placed at number one. Until last summer, when the Munich Olypmic Stadium by Behnisch Architekten climed in the charts.
Looking at best scoring architecture firms in the current top 20, we see that a lot changed since our blogpost on December 31. Just a few architects have more than 1 project in the Top Rated Top 20:
1- Peter Zumthor (3 projects)
2- Valerio Olgiati (2 projects)
2- Le Corbusier (2 projects)
2- Mansilla + Tuñón (2 projects)

Also want to share your opinion and/or rate a project?
Up until now you’ve written 869 comments on projects that are published on MIMOA. One project caps everything and may be considered questionable honour for collecting no less than 63 comments: Justice and Detention Centre in Leoben, Austria. You’re welcome to share your thoughts on any project. Just leave a message underneath a project and let everyone know how many stars a project deserves according to you.
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Enough statistics for now. We’re off to 4.000!